Daring takes to the seas

The Royal Navy has successfully completed sea trials of its second BAE Systems Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Daring


The Royal Navy has successfully completed sea trials off the Scottish coast of its second BAE Systems Type 45 Destroyer, HMS Daring.



Sister ship Dauntless was launched in January, and Diamond is scheduled to be launched in November



Daring is equipped with SAMPSON radar and MBDA Principal Anti-Air Missile System (PAAMS). According to BAE Systems, MBDA can track and destroy a target as small as a cricket ball moving at three times the speed of sound.



Minister for the Armed Forces, Bob Ainsworth, said: ‘The Type 45 is an immensely powerful destroyer that will provide a vital layer of protection from missile attack for the fleet.



‘Daring’s success at sea – when I gather she exceeded her design speed of 29 knots – is an excellent start to the intensive trials phase that will now begin as we bring her world-leading missile defence system into full operation.’



A further three ships in this class are on order: Dragon, Defender and Duncan.



The ships are being assembled and launched from yards on the Clyde. VT at Portsmouth and BAE Systems Surface Fleet Solutions will both build and outfit substantial sections of the ships.